WSR 12-05-084

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

FOREST PRACTICES BOARD


[ Filed February 17, 2012, 9:02 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Conversion-related forest practices rules.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 76.09.040.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: In recent years the legislature has made changes to chapter 76.09 RCW (Forest Practices Act) related to conversions of forest lands to nonforestry uses. The forest practices board is considering rule making to amend the forest practices rules (TITLE 222 WAC) accordingly. The board will also consider nonsubstantive rule edits to clarify certain processes described in the forest practices rules.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The department of natural resources, local governments, and the department of ecology have regulatory jurisdiction on forest lands. The board will coordinate with these entities while drafting rules.

Process for Developing New Rule: The board will request input from interested stakeholders during rule development.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by mailing, faxing, or e-mailing comments to Patricia Anderson, Forest Practices Board, Rules Coordinator, Department of Natural Resources, Forest Practices Division, 1111 Washington Street S.E., 4th Floor, P.O. Box 47012, Olympia, WA 98504-7012, fax (360) 902-1428, e-mail forest.practicesboard@dnr.wa.gov.

February 15, 2012

B. Moran

Chair

Washington State Code Reviser's Office